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Caroline Hanks-Farmer
Having been a performer for many years, Caroline knows first hand how much the support of a good audience is valued, appreciated and needed. She is passionate about all performing art, but has a particular interest in new writing and Off-West End productions. Having reviewed for other publications, she set up her website, Carn’s Theatre Passion, to provide more exposure for these areas, as well as news, views, interviews and information on all stage-related matters.
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THE WINDOW / BLANK PAGES – Hope Theatre

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Two stories of disappointment and loneliness come together in the first UK revival of The Window and Blank Pages, single-act plays by playwright Frank Marcus (perhaps best known for his play The Killing of Sister George). Lovingly directed by the writer’s granddaughter, Rafaella Marcus of Mingled Yarn, the pieces deal with similar themes, and despite being written three years apart, they’re presented in a seamless single production that ultimately suggests they may be connected by more than their subject matter.

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ORESTEIA – West End

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This is a review I’ve been pondering for a week or more now: where to start was my biggest issue. The epic proportions of this show are hard to comprehend, namely because, when you think about it, this is a trilogy of Greek tragedies that were written over 2000 years ago circa 458 BC. So you may be forgiven for thinking what relevance this theatrical event of the year has in today’s society?

PROOF – Tabard Theatre

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Playwright David Auburn‘s best-known work, Proof, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2001, along with a multitude of other awards. It’s been produced on Broadway and in the West End, and made into a Hollywood movie starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins. So it’s no surprise that I had pretty high expectations going into Front Foot Theatre’s new production, directed by Sebastien Blanc. But I still wasn’t expecting to be quite so powerfully affected by this emotional rollercoaster of a play, particularly as it deals with two subjects I don’t know much about: mental illness and mathematics.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Tim Prottey-Jones – To Do. To Be.

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I first came across Tim Prottey-Jones when I saw Once at the Phoenix Theatre, where Tim was playing music shop owner Billy. When I saw that he was releasing an album, I quickly made contact to see if I could listen and review for my site, feeling intrigued as to what kind of songs would be on there. Tim is a versatile multi-faceted musician, who has an immense wealth of experience in both performance and production of high quality music. Now starring in Kinky Boots, just what does his latest offering give us?

SOMEONE WHO’LL WATCH OVER ME – Chichester Festival Theatre

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This harrowing story written by Frank McGuinness tells the tale of three men taken hostage in the Lebanon. Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me first premiered in 1992 and took the theatre world by storm. Inspired by the hostage situations in the late 1980’s particularly those of Brian Keenan and John McCarthy the captives in the story are all invented by McGuinness. Michael Attenborough expertly directs this strong, often hard to watch, powerful play. Set in a cell in Beirut it tells of how these hostages get through this ordeal. Designed by Robert Jones the set is extremely creative giving you the claustrophobic feeling although sat in the open space of the auditorium. A single square with thin mats to sleep on, chained by their feet. Overhead we see pipes all seemingly filthy dirty and just a Koran and Bible to keep them company with no external contact to the outside world.

THE WHITE FEATHER – Union Theatre

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THE WHITE FEATHER – Union Theatre Until 17th October

★★★★

By Terry Eastham @Terry_Ea

“The White Feather” is an intense and emotional musical with some very moving songs and a very strong story that does nothing to hide an ignominious moment in British history. ” a fine musical with a poignant story to tell”.

” Abigail’s intensity and emotion as she does everything to clear and defend her brother is truly fantastic to see”

THE WHITE FEATHER – Union Theatre

In London theatre, Reviews by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

THE WHITE FEATHER – Union Theatre Until 17th October

★★★★

By Terry Eastham @Terry_Ea

“The White Feather” is an intense and emotional musical with some very moving songs and a very strong story that does nothing to hide an ignominious moment in British history. ” a fine musical with a poignant story to tell”.

” Abigail’s intensity and emotion as she does everything to clear and defend her brother is truly fantastic to see”

MCQUEEN – West End

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As we take to our seat we see an open stage where Stephen Wight (Lee) cuts an isolated and tortured figure, pacing the stage, lost in his thoughts almost as if obsessive compulsive tendencies are playing havoc with his mind. This historic theatre is one of immense beauty, opulence, luxury and completely fitting to host this new piece written by James Phillips.

SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE – Jermyn Street Theatre

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This was my first visit to the Jermyn Street Theatre and what a lovely, unusual and intimate space to perform an exciting new show in.

A set of three pieces written by Ryunosuke Akutagawa and all created to challenge and thought provoke fundamental issues. Michael John LaChiusa has used these stories, writing words and music for this production. The show has been produced in the UK by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment.

THE GLENN MILLER STORY – Touring

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As soon as Steele walked on the stage there was applause, we see a twinkle in his eye and his broad smile that we have come to expect. I like many of the audience I would imagine, after the performance, Google Tommy Steele’s age only to find that he is in his late 70’s and yet he stood before us upright and the national treasure he has become. With his charismatic charming personality and voice as strong as ever, this born showman was ready to entertain us.

FLARE PATH – Touring

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Set in 1942 this National tour of Terence Rattigan‘s wartime masterpiece is celebrating the 70th anniversary of VE day and is drawn from Rattigan’s own experiences of his RAF days of which he is pictured in the program, which incidentally makes for a fascinating read for all ages. With such a stellar cast as this, it was bound to be a fitting tribute to a historic time.

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THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE – Landor Theatre

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As someone raised on West End musicals, I’ve grown used to grand spectacles, produced on a huge scale and a big budget, with lavish sets and an army of stage crew. It never would have occurred to me that you could present a show of that kind in a fringe theatre, with a cast of twelve and a band of five. Yet Thoroughly Modern Millie, at the tiny and intimate Landor Theatre, does just that – and is easily as entertaining as any of those big productions.


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